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Rack of Lamb With Red Wine Sauce


Rack of lamb
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This delicious rack of lamb is easy to sear and roast, served with a flavorful red wine sauce. Two racks could serve 2 to 4 people.
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  • 2 racks of lamb
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • .
  • Sauce
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion or shallot
  • 1 cup dry red wine, Pinot Noir is very good
  • 1 teaspoon minced rosemary leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon chopped chives
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons butter
  • salt and pepper, to taste


Heat oven to 400°.

Sprinkle lamb with salt and pepper. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place racks of lamb in skillet, meaty side down, until nicely seared. Turn to brown bottoms, letting the racks support each other. Transfer to a foil-lined roasting pan. Place pan in oven; roast for about 20 to 30 minutes.

In the same skillet, saute onions until tender. Add wine and herbs; simmer briskly until the wine has boiled down to a syrup. Add broth and continue to simmer until reduced to about 3/4 cup. Add the butter; stir. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Serve sauce with the lamb. Makes 3/4 cup.

Cut lamb into portions and serve with the red wine sauce.
Serves 2 to 4, depending on the meat-eaters in your family.

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